The IRONMAN Foundation Partners with Race2Rebuild and All Hands Volunteers to Support Earthquake Recovery in Ecuador
Representatives from all three organizations will work to rebuild a Community Center in
Manta, Ecuador as part of All You Need is Ecuador IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador race week
TAMPA, Fla. (July 14, 2016) –The IRONMAN Foundation® and Race2Rebuild, the nonprofit endurance
sports program supporting disaster recovery, are heading to Ecuador to support continued earthquake
recovery during race week as part of All You Need is Ecuador IRONMAN® 70.3® Ecuador. Manta, Ecuador, the site of IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador, is one of the most critical communities in need of help following massive earthquakes in April 2016 that decimated the area and claimed more than 600 lives.
“IRONMAN is about creating a sense of community, and through the support and generosity of our athletes, we hope to be able to make a difference in a community that has opened its arms to support us,” said David Deschenes, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation.
The IRONMAN Foundation and Race2Rebuild have partnered with All Hands Volunteers to build a SER
Community Center in a new housing development, Ceibo Renacer, located in the outskirts of Manta. Ceibo Renacer currently has 55 houses, which is just the start of a much bigger settlement planned by the city. Approximately 575 families and approximately 2,300 people will benefit from this community center, and will improve the quality of health, education, and recreation for all residents.
“A community’s recovery process following a disaster is the ultimate endurance event,” said Race2Rebuild
President Sarah Hartmann. “We are truly grateful to The IRONMAN Foundation and our rebuilding partner. All Hands Volunteers for the opportunity to bring together athletes and volunteers and create tangible impact in Manta.”
“When disaster strikes, homes, schools and community centers are devastated,” said All Hands Volunteers Executive Director and CEO Erik Dyson. “But one of the greatest costs is the loss of hope that can occur in the sometimes overwhelming aftermath. As we come together to build this community center, we will give this area a place to gather, but more importantly, we will also show them by our actions that there is hope.”
To support this initiative, individuals can help The IRONMAN Foundation reach their $50,000 fundraising goal by donating online at www.crowdrise.com/ironman-for-relief, or by signing up to tour the project on
Saturday, July 30, and volunteer on Monday, August 1 online at www.race2rebuild.org/2016-events.
Volunteer Registration will be open until July 29.
To support the initiative, the IRONMAN Foundation will hold a drawing for one (1) entry to the 2017
IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those who donate $50 or more
online or register to volunteer and participate in the August 1 service project in Manta will be automatically
entered in the contest.
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Race2Rebuild creates tangible change to our communities following natural disasters by supporting and
participating in rebuilding projects and bringing families home. Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane
Sandy, Race2Rebuild’s national team of volunteer athletes raise critical private funds and provide hands-on home building to support projects across the country and around the world. Race2Rebuild serves as an important frontline advocate to its international rebuilding partners and an essential link to the families whose homes it helps to rebuild. We believe in safe, strong, healthy communities for all. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit us at www.race2rebuild.org. Race hard. Race with resolve.
About All Hands Volunteers
Since its inception following the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004, All Hands Volunteers has
responded to 66 disasters worldwide, engaging over 35,000 volunteers and donating 180,000 days;
including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and last year’s devastating
earthquakes in Nepal. Philanthropic leaders say the organization is known for being nimble, collaborative,
and professional in its response to the immediate and long term needs of those suffering in the aftermath
of a natural disaster. Support All Hands Volunteers’ efforts in Ecuador by making a donation at www.hands.org/donate
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